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Give at least two examples of situations illustrating the use of cash and accrual methods.

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Accounting is the means by which information about an enterprise is communicated and, thus, is sometimes called the language of business. Many different users have need for accounting information in order to make important decisions. These users include investors, creditors, management, governmental agencies, labor unions, and others. Investors and other stakeholders in the firm need regular financial information to help them monitor the firm's progress. Financial reporting should provide information that is:

* Useful to present and potential investors and creditors and other users in making rational investment, credit, and other financial decisions.
* Helpful to present and potential investors and creditors and other ...

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438 words to explain two examples of cash accrual methods. References included.

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Drysdale Company was established to manufacture components for the auto industry. The components are shipped the same day are purchased. The following events took place during the first year of operations.

a. Issued common stock for $50,000 cash investment.

b. Purchased truck at the beginning of the year at a cost of $10,000 cash. The truck is expected to last five years and will be worthless at the end of that time.

c. Manufactured and sold 500,000 components the first year. The costs incurred manufacture the components are (1) $1,000 monthly rent on a facility that included utilities and insurance, (2) $400,000 of raw materials purchased on account ($100,000 still unpaid as of year-end, but all materials were used in manufacturing, and (3) $190,000 paid in salaries and wages to employees and supervisors.

d. Paid $100,000 to sales and office staff for salaries and wages.

e. Sold all components on account for $2 each. As of year-end, $150,000 is due from customers.


1. How much revenue will Drysdale recognize under the cash method and under the accrual basis?

2. Describe how Drysdale should apply the matching principle to recognize expenses.

3. Prepare an income statement according to the accrual method. Ignore income taxes.

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